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Old 12-22-08, 08:34 AM   #1
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air shocks - how do i inflate them?

so i got this jamis dakar 29 with rock shox tora air. Don't have a shock pump and i've tried to use compressors at gas stations to fill in the shocks at the recommended pressure - 150PSI. Gas station compressors don't deliver this kind of pressure and none of the hand pumps i have tried worked either. I am currently in mozambique and have ordered a shock pump from the states but that will take a while. Two questions meanwhile:

1. If i don't mind the extra beating in my hands is it safe to ride with the shocks locked at all times? and by safe i mean safe for the shocks - i am just worried that if i go downhill on a trail and hit a few rocks the shocks will be ruined....

2. Is there any way i can improvise and get some air in the shocks with basic tools - regular pumps, compressors etc?

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Old 12-22-08, 08:36 AM   #2
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Sorry, dude. You are really kind of stuck needing a shock pump. Gonna have to pony up and get one.
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right - thought so. but how about riding with teh shocks locked all the times - that ok or should i just not touch the bike until i get the pump?
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Don't ride with the shocks locked out. Most new shocks are designed with a blow-off valve so that if you hit a bump while its locked out the lockout will open up and allow the shock to move again. In which case you may bottom out your shock.
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My floor pump can do 150psi. If there's anyone near you with one, perhaps you could borrow it.

Here are the specs for the 2007 Tora Solo Air:

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Rider weight          Shock PSI
<140 lbs                80-100
140-160                 100-120
160-180                 120-140
180-200                 140-160
200 +                    180+
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A floor pump will not work. It has nothing to do with how much air it will push, altho the small psiton of a shock pump makes pushing high pressure easier. The head of a shock pump is made to release the valve of the shock with out leaking pressure in the process.
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